You should be particularly careful of these reptiles. In the photo series we show the most poisonous snakes in Africa.
Boomslang: Possesses a more insidious but equally deadly venom — Image: Shutterstock / JONATHAN PLEDGER
Snakes are one of the animals that people respect and fear the most – and rightly so. While in Europe many snakes are perhaps a bit disgusting but mostly harmless, there are particularly poisonous specimens living in Africa. The black mamba is one of the most venomous snakes in Africa. If the animals feel threatened, they become very aggressive. Black mamba venom can kill a human in as little as 15 minutes if not treated with an antivenom.
Cape cobra venom causes breathing to stop
The venom of the cape cobra is also particularly effective. When bitten, the cobra’s venom causes it to stop breathing permanently. A bite from a puff adder, on the other hand, kills the tissue around the bite site. In the worst case, a person’s legs or arms have to be amputated. The Gaboon viper is also not to be trifled with. The fortunately not overly aggressive reptile has the longest teeth among the most venomous snakes in Africa. She is also able to kill a human, although the poison is not too strong.
Boomslang’s venom takes hours to take effect
The uraeus snake, also known as the Egyptian cobra, has a stronger secretion and can bring death with its neurotoxic venom. She often stays near villages to hunt rats and chickens. Being so close to humans makes them particularly dangerous. Last but not least, the so-called boomslang is one of the most venomous snakes in Africa. The venom is not immediately felt by the human body after a bite, and it can take many hours for effects to occur, which are then all the more deadly.
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